SpokenWord open mic every Monday from 2nd Jan au Chat Noir, Open Secret (the open mic at the Bistrot des Artistes) every Wednesday.

SpokenWord Paris is one pole of a nomadic tribe of people who love poetry, writing and song. A home for creatives and lost anglophones. We do two open mic nights (SpokenWord every Monday, Open Secret every Wednesday) and a writers’ workshop at Shakespeare & Company (every Sunday.) We do a literary journal called The Bastille and Tightrope Books published many of us in the book “Strangers in Paris.” Click on the blue stamp on the right to sign up to the mailing list.

Open mic/scène ouverte: Performance poetry. Lire vivant. Poésie sonore. Stand up. Monologue. Stories. Beat poetry. Spoken word. English. Français. Your own original texts. Old texts from Rimbaud to Dr Seuss, Beowulf to Gil Scott-Heron. Chacun a son mot à dire. Make the words come alive…………………….. Acoustic songs also welcome.

SpokenWord Sounds
A monthly podcast of SpokenWord Paris, by Victor. Listen or download here.

SpokenWord
Every Monday Au Chat Noir, 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud 75011. Métro Parmentier/Couronnes. Sign up 8pm to 9.30pm in the bar. Poetics start from 8.30pm underground. Check out the
Practical info page for more info. Paris’ biggest and longest-running English open mic night, started in 2006. All langues welcome. Entry one euro.

Themes
Check next week’s theme here

Open Secret 
Every Wednesday David Leo Sirois hosts his open mic for poetry & song at the Bistrot des Artistes, 6 rue des Anglais, 75005, métro Maubert-Mutualité (line 10) or St Michel (line 4.) Sign up 8.30pm. Themes annnounced by the mailing list and on facebook. Free.

The Other Writers’ Group
At Shakespeare & Company every Sunday from 8th Jan in 2017

In 2005 I could only find one anglophone writers’ group in Paris and it was at a time I couldn’t make. So I started this one, the other writers’ group. It’s become an excellent feedback workshop running every Sunday. 6.30pm-8.30pm at Shakespeare & Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005. Suggested donation 5 euros. Bring your writing or just come and listen join the discussion. Hosted by me, Bruce Sherfield and other regulars. Description Join us afterwards for a drink. Cheers, David Barnes

Chat Noir sketch drawn by Allison Iwata.

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Dareka Daremo to Guest at SpokenWord Paris March 27th–Monday’s Theme: Paris

RectoVersus-LMP-52,large.2x“Dareka performs his poetry since 2005 in France, then in USA, and everywhere his feet can land on. He is now traveling through France and Europe to satisfy his thirst for poetry. He hosted the popular Paris Poetry venue, “Slam au Downtown”, for two years when he wasn’t rocking the stage with his experimental fusion punk jazz spoken word band, La Bête Aveugle. He got his poem-tales series turned into a play once, hosted a workshop at the USA national poetry slam, another about poetry performance in many schools of Casablanca, represented France at the London Poetry Olympics, rode a horse in Icelandic mountains (unrelated), got his poetry recently displayed in an art gallery in Japan. He often performed his poetry in very strange places, such as a pizzeria in Rio de Janeiro, a church in Hanover, a Sephora make-up shop in the Ardennes forest, on a tennis table in a craft shop turned vegetarian restaurant in Porto, and so on, and yes, he liked it. Just as his life, his poems are metamorphic animals, and he’s a zoo keeper in hell. They are trees and buildings, little skeletons dancing under the moonlight, lonely kids lost in urban mazes, sewing needles stuck in his frail stupid little heart. They are maelstrom of rhymes, soda drinks in a night bar, for a drunken public. They are you, they are him, they are life and death kissing in a blink, but it does not really matters.”

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Open Secret, 2nite! Very special guest poet Chris Burke: “Write it down, dammit!”

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Open Secret – that welcoming, second SpokenWord – every Wednesday at Le Bistrot des Artistes, 6 rue des Anglais, 5è. Métro Maubert-Mutualité (line 10) or Saint-Michel (line 4). At 8 PM, nightlong signup starts, & at 9 the show…Poetry, music, comedy, theatre, performance art, & dance. This Wednesday’s theme is inspired by a poem of special guest Chris Burke’s – “Write it down dammit!”

Bio:
Chris Burke is an English writer and journalist, whose debut poetry collection, The Noise of Everything at Once, was published by Happy House Books in January. His work has appeared in publications including Antiphon, the French Literary Review, Snakeskin, Prole, the Richmond Review, and Monkey Kettle, and three of his poems were longlisted for the 2014 UK National Poetry Competition. Born in London and raised in Essex, he has also written and consulted on screenplays for film and television.

See you tonight! 🙂

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Spoken Word Istanbul (in Elle magazine, 2017)


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James Jewell to Guest at SpokenWord Paris March 20th–Monday’s Theme: Just Desserts

17357739_10212314201117215_1754252445_oJames Jewell is a jack of all trades: poet, rambling man, singer songwriter, filmmaker and sometimes slave to the big system to make a buck. James and his wife Kara have been kind of nomadic wonderers from their home in the hills of Pennsylvania to Nashville, Los Angeles, Toronto and now Paris France. James poems have a strong sense of his Pennsylvania roots while being influenced by the weird and wonderful adventures he and his wife have experienced. James has now been part of the Paris scene for almost six years. Strongly influenced and inspired by the Paris scene he has released “Ships Made of Fake Fur” on Corrupt Press.

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Open Secret, 2nite! At Notre Dame, featuring Mark Norman Harris, singer/poet/cult leader! :)

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Open Secret! That sweet community open mic…Le Bistrot des Artistes is double-booked this week, & I’ve asked many-a-venue to host us, to no avail. So it shall exist in front of Notre Dame (meet me at the door). At 8pm nightlong sign-up begins, & the show is at 9.

Every Wednesday – without fail. Tonight’s theme: “The Importance of Bein’ Crazy!” Dare to make true art as well as live fully…Our crazyfunny & oh-so-smart featured artist this week is Mark Norman Harris (who just held his second Cabaret Voltaire). Hilarious songwriter, poet, painter, & cult leader! 🙂 Bring an “adult beverage” & join us!

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Chris Burke to Guest at SpokenWord Paris March 13th–Monday’s Theme: Doubt/Uncertainty

Me croppedChris Burke is an English writer and journalist, whose debut poetry collection ‘The Noise of Everything at Once’ was published by Happy House Books in January. His work has appeared in publications including Antiphon, the French Literary Review, Snakeskin, Prole, the Richmond Review and Monkey Kettle, and three of his poems were longlisted for the 2014 UK National Poetry Competition. Born in London and raised in Essex, he has also written and consulted on screenplays for film and television.

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Camille Adnot to Guest at SpokenWord Paris March 6th–Monday’s Theme: The Sea

pic-for-spoken-word-camille-adnotCamille Adnot is a Parisian poet and teacher. Graduate of Anglophone Literature from Paris-Diderot University, she specialises in visual poetry and is currently preparing a PhD project on William Blake’s engravings while finishing her studies at the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Paris, which she integrated in 2012. She teaches English, as well as French to foreigners; she has notably taught French for a year in Nottingham University, UK, and to immigrants in Paris. Always passionate about prose storytelling in French, her studies have led her to try her hand at poetry in English. Her poems often deal with perception confusions, shapeshifting, and the female body and psyche, but she also loves to revisit old myths and to give them a contemporary take. She is a regular spoken word performer at Le Chat Noir, and is also fond of Open Secret and the Other Writers’ Group. She has recently been published in The Opiate Magazine.

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Open Secret, 2nite! “Sincerity,” with singer/songwriter Darshana…

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Open Secret! Intimate open mic, every Wednesday @Le Bistrot des Artistes, 6 rue des Anglais, 5è. 8pm sign-up starts, & @ 9 the show…Theme: “Sincerity.”
Featured artist: singer/songwriter Darshana! Métro Maubert-Mutualité (line 10) or Saint-Michel (line 4).

Darshana, after six years of playing rock music at many venues & festivals in Paris (such as Gala Polytechnique, La Loco, Scène Bastille, & Festival Rock’n’Solex) as the singer and guitarist of the Four Black Taxis, started a new solo career with a completely new energy and repertoire. He is essentially a musician of protest songs in folk music, & has been coached by the music editor of Eddy Mitchell for 4 years. Notable interviews include Fault Mag (http://fault-magazine.com/2011/03/darshana-congreve//http://fault-magazine.com/2011/07/darshana/) & the world-renowned INSTITUTE Mag (https://institutemag.com/2012/05/29/darshana-congreve-2/). A new CD is coming, with the engineer & musicians of Louis Lumière. (Darshana’s SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/darshana).

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Matt Jones – guest poet at SpokenWord 27th Feb 2017

matt-jonesSpokenWord theme: Reincarnation

Matt Jones has penned prose and poetry about his experiences in Canada, Afghanistan, Nicaragua, China, and while on a warship. In Ottawa he worked as the artistic director of VERSeFest 2015, and was an editor of In/Words magazine, where he published a chapbook, “White Flowers and Landmines.” In 2014 he won Arc Poetry Magazine‘s Readers’ Choice Award for his poem “Wounded Village.” Published in Arc, Scintilla, and Ottawater, among other places, Matt currently writes in Paris.

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Yann Rousselot to guest this Monday

This week on SpokenWord… (theme: Electronic Vices and Devices)

Yann Rousselot is a translator, writer, and poet. He grew up in airport lounges and diplomatic enclaves in the company of his brothers, his sister, and countless cheap suitcases, raised across the globe by humanitarian parents. Graduate of the Sorbonne (Language & Literature) and the University of London Institute in Paris (Translation), he is a regular spoken word performer at Au Chat Noir, Culture Rapide, and le Bordel de la Poésie. His work has been featured in Paris Lit Up Magazine, The Bastille magazine, AUP’s Paris/Atlantic Magazine, Thought Catalog, Canopic Jar, Gard Poetry Journal (Turkish), and the Belleville Park Pages. His first collection of poetry, Dawn of the Algorithm, was published by Inkshares in 2015. yann-by-sabine

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